Dr Ramen Goel is a reputed metabolic surgeon in Asia while Dr Johannes Clemens Rohrsen brings in care and rehabilitation for acute spine and spinal cord injuries. He is a senior consultant at the Schon Klinik Harthausen in Germany.
Debraj Sanyal, group chief operating officer, Apollo Hospital Muscat, said, “Apollo Hospital Muscat has enhanced the facilities in metabolic and spine surgeries by bringing in best of the skills and experience available globally. We wanted to have the best of experts in diabetic surgery and spine care right here in Oman and with this in mind, we have ensured the best of spine-orthopaedic and metabolic surgery infrastructure with extremely experienced and reputable doctors.”
Dr Goel performed the first-ever gastric band surgery in India in 2000. Dr Goel said, “Surgeons realised that within ten days or a week after the surgery the person goes off the insulin and in a month's time they go off all diabetic medicines. The sugar level becomes normal even before they have lost five to seven kilos. A diet does not help you achieve that.
“Metabolic surgery brings in a change in the intestinal hormones and intestinal bacteria.”
Dr Rohrsen said, “Disc degeneration is common but we try not to perform surgery.Instead we try to treat it conservatively as well as use physiotherapy and medication. The second step would be infiltration, which is semi-invasive. If we note that the disc is really gone and two vertebrae are rubbing each other, then we insert a disc.”